If you are looking for things to do in Victoria there are some well known and treasured attractions that you shoudn’t miss.  Listed below are some of our favourite must see Victoria attractions that are walkable from downtown.

Victoria Inner Harbour

No matter how you arrived in Victoria you must head to the Victoria!  It should be your first stop for exploring Victoria and enjoying good food.  In the busy seasons the harbour walkway is home to all different types of entertainment turning the picturesque walk around Victoria’s beautiful harbour into a full day of fun things to see.

Legislative BuildingsThings To Do Victoria Parliament Building

Just steps away from the Victoria Harbour, and hard to miss, is the splendid British Columbia Parliamentary Building.  This brilliant building is home to the legislative assembly since its completion in 1898.  The building’s lush grass lawns are a fantastic place to have lunch, people watch or even have an afternoon nap.

When it gets close to dusk, the building is illuminated by over 3,300 lights creating a stellar effect.

Royal B.C. Museum

Kiddie corner to the Parliamentary Building, can be found the world-class Royal B.C. Museum.  This is a must see feature of beautiful Victoria.  Founded in 1886, the historic building is home to three permanent galleries modern history, natural history and local first nations history.  The museum is also home to special displays such as vikings or dinosaurs.

Beacon Hill Park

If you take a short walk, a horse-drawn carriage or slow pedicab you will arrive at Beacon Hill Park.  The park is two hundred acres of adventure and enjoyment.  The park is home to a famous petting zoo, where you may pet and butt heads with baby goats, donkeys and lamas.

Right across the street don’t miss Beacon Hill Drive In. This place is well worth leaving the park for and having lunch.  The ice cream is the best, the fries are the best, the burgers are the best…well everything is the best!

Craigdarroch Castlecastle

Near downtime Victoria is the awesome Craigdarroch Castle.  I have always wanted to live in a castle but not sure I can afford this one.  This Victorian mansion has 39 rooms and boasts a remarkable 25,000 square feet.  This landmark is designated a National Historic Site of Canada and no trip to Victoria is complete without a visit.

Empress Hotel

Tempress hotelhe gem of Victoria, the Empress Hotel is one of the city’s most impressive highlights.  Overlooking Inner Harbour, the 477-room hotel was built in the Edwardian style and has antique furniture and a luxurious décor.  Considered to be the most photographed attraction on Vancouver Island, The Empress Hotel was originally designed by Francis Rattenbury, and opened in 1908.

The Empress hotel is famous for its chic afternoon Tea – served to over 130,000 visitors annually.  Enjoy the tea in the finest tradition, accompanied by fresh seasonal fruit and special Chantilly cream, traditional raisin scones with Jersey cream, strawberry preserves, sandwiches, pastries and tarts.

 

 

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